Obama's budget would cancel NASA's Constellation Program, which had sought to send astronauts back to the moon by 2020. NASA released its 2011 budget on Monday, February 1, 2010, saying the International Space Station will be extended likely to 2020 or beyond enabling this vital orbiting laboratory to reach its full potential.
The crew on board the International Space Station (ISS) talked to Santa Claus from space. The six ISS astronauts and cosmonauts appeared with a Christmas tree as they communicated with mission control.
Father Christmas spoke to the crew from the control room.
The ISS crew includes NASA astronauts Thomas Marshburn from Statesville, NC, making his third trip to the International Space Station and Kevin Ford from Montpelier, Indiana; Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield and Russian cosmonauts Roman Romanenko, Oleg Novitsky and Yevgeny Tarelkin.